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Classic “Cav and Pag”

Italian tenor Franco Corelli

Italian tenor Franco Corelli

Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00 pm


“Cav and Pag” almost sounds like a Napa Valley blend; it’s actually opera-lover lingo for Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. For lots of reasons, those two operas are bedfellows, and have been for more than 100 years.

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Lucine Amara as Mimi

According to Tuesday Night Opera host Peter van de Graaff, “Pagliacci was written because of the success of Cavalleria.” Premiered in 1890 and ’92 respectively, “each opera is only one act long, and doesn’t make for a full evening.” Something has to fill out the program; and these two operas are “smash hits – the only hits by either composer.”

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Brooklyn-born American tenor Richard Tucker

 

 

 

 

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American soprano Eileen Farrell

Smash hits, they are. First performed together at the Metropolitan Opera in 1893, the pairing continually cycles back onto stages around the world. “Vesti la giubba” from Pagliacci is among the most popular arias of all time.

This week, Peter van de Graaff shares the spoils of a recording recently issued by Sony Classics, historic performances from the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts. According to Peter, “you just look at the casts – they’re pretty impressive. This recording promises a great night of opera.”

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American contralto Lili Chookasian

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Italian baritone Anselmo Colzani

“Cav and Pag” both fall into the opera subgenre known as versimo, which Peter calls, “…blood and guts – it’s what’s happening to ordinary people in the streets, as opposed to members of the nobility.”

 

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